“The story of Good Dog, Whiskey started with a dream,” explains Kent Kobi. “When I woke up, I was charged up and excited. Paradoxically, I was also unsettled. I was left with a bizarre case of survivor’s remorse for something that never happened.” Kobi’s debut graphic novel tells of an extremely loyal dog called Whiskey, lying broken-hearted by his owner’s grave. When a strange portal opens into the ground, Whiskey ventures cautiously down into the darkness, hoping for the chance to see his missing owner again. Incredibly moving, solemn, and reflective, Whiskey’s story is told using a stark black-and-white, high contrast, photorealistic art style, inspired by the works of Frank Miller. “I was rudderless in terms of voice and style, until I started discovering noir artwork like that within Sin City,” Kobi says. “It gave me the confidence to experiment with this comic in the way I wanted… That being said, the style I’ve chosen seems to be highly polarising, with readers writing to gush about it, or writing to tell me I’m a hack. Both are right.”
All artwork courtesy of Kent Kobi
We are thrilled to introduce Dog-Friendly, a collection of city guides for dog-loving people, created together with our long-time contributor, photographer Winnie Au, and fellow enthusiasts, indie publisher Hoxton Mini Press. Available for purchase here.
August 25, 2021
Have you ever imagined Amy Winehouse or Nick Cave as a Chihuahua, Neil Young as a Vizsla, or PJ Harvey as an Afghan hound? That’s exactly what San Francisco-based artist Michael Gillette has done through his unique illustration project, blending beloved, iconic music legends, both past and present, with their dog counterparts. Pack of Dogs, our first foray into book publishing, is a celebration of pup and pop culture for music and dog lovers alike.
August 25, 2020